National News and Events

China Belt and Road: why should we even care?

Very recently (Aug 13, 2017),  NZ China Council Executive Director Stephen Jacobi spoke to Radio New Zealand’s Wallace Chapman about the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ and he explained why New Zealanders should care about the initiative.    “In March of this year, New Zealand and China signed a ground-breaking Memo of Arrangement concerning the Belt and Road Initiative.” … [Read more...]

China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ Connects the World. This time by music!

"Belt and Road" China and New Zealand Cultural Dialogue Concert “一带一路”中新文化交流音乐会 A large audience of people interested in the idea of blending Western and Chinese music, gathered in Tauranga Boys School and were treated to an extravaganza of Chinese and Maori music from the Tauranga Intermediate School Choir and guest artist guzheng player, Chen Xiyao, along with two of his … [Read more...]

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Yunnan Provincial People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (Yunnan Youxie)

On 15 May 2017 in Wellington Luke Qin JP, NZCFS National Vice President and Wellington Branch President, on behalf of NZCFS signed the MoU with Ms Zhou Hong, President of Yunnan Youxie.  Youxie's delegation included Ms Zhou, Mr. Peng Shaoyun from Yunnan Foreign Affairs Office, and Mr. Mu Liduo, Director of Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, Nujiang Prefecture. The … [Read more...]

Mount College Students leave their mark in China

Mount College Students leave their mark in China During their recent exchange visit to Jiangxi Province in China Tauranga students left far more than New Zealand chocolate, paua shell and manuka honey products. Here Mike Linklater adds final touches to the mural they left behind.  Hosted by the Nanchang Foreign Language School, five students from Mount Maunganui College and … [Read more...]

‘Rewi Alley in China’ exhibition in Whanganui

The 'Rewi Alley in China' exhibition opens in University College of Learning (UCol) Whanganui, April 19 until May 19, 2017.  For more details of the location, see below. The exhibition comprises 70 images covering many aspects of Rewi Alley's life in China, is part of the celebrations of 3 milestones in 2017: The anniversary of 120 years since his birth, His first … [Read more...]

China Premier Li Keqiang views photos of ‘Rewi Alley in China’ exhibition, Auckland, March 2017

China Premier Li Keqiang accompanied by New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English attended a gala luncheon in Auckland on March 28, 2017. Pat Alley, Rewi Alley’s nephew takes up the story: “Before the lunch, I had the privilege of briefing both leaders on a display of 14 photographs from the NZCFS photo exhibition Rewi Alley in China.  From the outset Premier Li was very … [Read more...]

New Zealand and China sign a Memo of Arrangement to establish how to work together on ‘Belt and Road’ projects

During the visit (March, 2017) of China Premier Li Keqiang to New Zealand, NZ and China signed a Memorandum of Arrangement on Strengthening Co-operation on 'Belt and Road' (BAR) initiatives. “China’s Belt and Road Initiative is an ambitious undertaking which could lead to new opportunities for boosting economic co-operation and trade,” says NZ China Council Executive Director … [Read more...]

Follow Kirk’s adventures at University in Xiamen

Kirk McDowall, a member of the NZCFS Wellington Branch, is running a blog to record his adventures while at University in Xiamen, Fujian province, China:   Kirk, who was born in Christchurch but has spent most of his life in Wellington, worked initially for the government, and in his blog writes  about his experiences and insights in China, … [Read more...]

Latest survey: ‘New Zealanders’ Perception of Asia and Asian people’

For more than a 100 years, New Zealand has had connections, some tenuous, with Asia, beginning with the gold miners from Southern China, in Otago (mid Nineteenth Century) and through NZ’s famous son, Rewi Alley and his involvement in China (1927- 1987).   In recent years, however, there has been a huge upsurge in relations, both through trade and travel, with our neighbours in … [Read more...]

Studying and researching Rewi Alley: A national standards NCEA package is available for promotions to schools

Units of Learning for the New Zealand Social Studies Curriculum and for NCEA levels One and Three – “Studying and Researching Rewi Alley” have been prepared and are available for promotion to schools.  [The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in New Zealand]. These units have been developed and … [Read more...]

Rural Co-ops Battle “Poverty of Opportunity” – Our President interviewed by United States China Peoples Friendship Association

The following is the text of an interview of Dave Bromwich, National President NZCFS, by John Marienthal, a member of the South Bay chapter of USCPFA (United States China Peoples Friendship Association), about work being done today by NZCFS in China.  It appears in the 2017 Winter edition of  'US-CHINA REVIEW,  Volume LXI No. 1'. Rural Co-ops Battle “Poverty of … [Read more...]